"I think [it's] more user friendly," said Hank Jannace, the
district's director of pupil services.
Because the state requires that school districts compile annual
information for all students, several forms in the booklet must be
completed and turned in, including a student health history and
permission to audio- or videotape student presentations.
"This is a transparent document," Jannace said. " It changes from
year to year."
Jannace said the district is required to list parents' rights, as
well as those of the district.
To confirm that they have read and understand the information,
parents and students are required to sign a form in the booklet. The
24-page booklets and forms are in English and Spanish. Forms in
Armenian are available at each school.
Beverley Lawrence, an administrative secretary in the school
district who has two children in Burbank schools, said parents will
appreciate the change.
"I think this is much more precise," she said. "It's less
intimidating, and the format will provide parents with something to
hang on to."
The booklets for high school and alternative school students will
go out next week, Jannace said.
Parents of middle and elementary school students will receive
theirs nearer to the schools' Sept. 9 start date.
The completed forms are turned in during the registration period
at each school, and become part of the student's school record.